Beloved and I had coffee at Costa Coffee Eastwood branch last week. This coffee chain might be my current favorite among chains, not counting “third wave” independent coffee shops or fast food coffees (which, honestly, some are not half-bad). After participating in SGD Coffee’s Coffee Appreciation Workshop, we feel more qualified to review and appreciate places that serve good coffee. For me, this imported British coffee chain that we frequent a lot is one of them.
A foreword: we are not the best people to ask about this place. Beloved and myself are not big drinkers. Blackwood Bar & Grill is foremost a bar which Beloved, myself, and a group of friends went to celebrate a couple of friends’ birthdays. This bar is one of the few places in Kapitolyo The Hub at the Greenfield District that serves alcohol. According to our more beer-drinking friends, the prices of the draft beer here was reasonable which was why they chose this place.
Beloved and I had dinner at Nara Kimbob a few days ago. This place is actually a place that we usually ignore in some food courts. It recently (about a year, maybe?) opened its own place at Aurora Boulevard near Anonas Station where I reside. We’ve also been in this place quite a few times already due to its proximity and price.
Beloved and I had a late brunch at Tim Hortons a couple of days ago. This Canadian chain is actually quite famous, and apparently, it beats McDonald’s in Canada, according to our friends there. It’s not our first time trying out the chain, actually. We’ve been to the Eastwood branch before and Beloved has been visiting this chain’s other branches quite frequently, which has been popping up all over the Metro, whenever she has the chance to. This particular branch has only recently opened at Cubao’s KIA Theatre and is actually quite close to home. In addition, it’s apparently open twenty-four hours.
Beloved and I had dinner a couple of times this week at Caffé La Tea. This café has actually been here in Anonas quite a while and we’ve been here a good number of times already. While we do have some pictures from our previous adventures here, we decided to just revisit since it’s not really an expensive place and also not far from home, so this is like a mix between #2 and #4 from my site revival news.
After going to Kureji, Beloved and I passed by Hokkaido Takoyaki. Just a couple of steps away from the aforementioned restaurant is this small stall on the Vertis Ginza. From the name and the size of the stall, it’s easy to deduce that they serve takoyaki or Japanese octopus balls. The open stall made it easy for them to attract customers as they cook the balls non-stop for passersby to smell. We were among the passersby that they managed to hook in.
Beloved and I had a late lunch at Kureji. This ramen-specializing place is one of the only few opened stores in relatively new Vertis North. Outside, there’s a television that plays their menu items. What grabbed my attention was the fact that the ramen is served boiling, or, in their terms, sizzling. Yes—apparently, they specialize in sizzling ramen. I guess that’s why they called it kureji, which essentially means “crazy” as spelled in katakana. It might also mean “courage”, which sounds similar, and, in retrospect, it really is couragous to try serving something like sizzling ramen.
As our last stop on the day we went to Tsuta and Wrong Ramen, we went to Kissako Uji Matcha Cafe. While this was no longer in Taguig, it was near Const’s workplace at Kapitolyo that he needed to pass by to. Beloved was the one who recommended this place as she’s been here before. Also, some sort of coffee or tea seemed nice, especially after the monstrosities we consumed in the previous post.
After going to Tsuta with Beloved and Const, we went to Wrong Ramen since we were obviously unfulfilled on both stomach fullness and savory ramen cravings. We chose to go here because, like Tsuta, this place was unique in that there’s no other branches in the Metro. Also, the last place just made us want real ramen, and we hoped this place would fulfill that need.
Beloved and I, together with Const, ate at Tsuta yesterday. This famous Michelin-Starred soba place recently opened its doors at Taguig’s Bonifacio High Street. We watched BuzzFeed’s Worth It feature this place in Japan as their mid-range option for their Ramen special a few weeks back and the experience they had seemed divine. That, along with the fact that it’s original branch was granted one Michelin Star, gave us pretty high expectations of this place.